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This Simple Watermelon Hack Will Blow Your Mind And Impress Your Guests

YouTuber Dave Hax is a walking encyclopedia of food hacks. With more than 3.3 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, it’s safe to say Dave knows what he’s talking about. He’s hacked everything, showing us the most efficient way to slice cherry tomatoes, and the fastest ways to peel potatoes.

For this week’s hack, Dave showed us how to hollow out a watermelon — simply by using a pineapple slicer. By cutting off one end, and placing the blade onto the fruit and twisting, Dave was able to extract a good portion of the watermelon, without damaging any of the fruit. Since watermelon is a very fragile fruit once removed from the rind, this is an excellent way to consider slicing watermelon.

Once the watermelon is hollowed out, the possibilities of what to put in it are essentially limitless. Add a mixture of juices for a tropical fruit punch, which a few shots of alcohol can turn into a refreshing summer cocktail.

Whatever you decided to do, just be sure to thank Dave.

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How to Make Soup in a Washing Machine [WATCH]

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Ever gaze at a load of dirty underwear swirling in a washing machine and think, “This fine device would make excellent soup.” For those forward thinkers who answered with an enthusiastic “YES,” you’ll be happy to know that it’s very possible to cook a hearty meal in the same receptacle that cleans your gym socks (for flavor).

Promising to be a “fool-proof recipe,” RocketNews24 recommends a front-loading washer for this “washing machine potato and pork rib soup.” Ingredients include potatoes, pork ribs, ginger and salt for taste. Set the washer to 95 degrees Celsius and to not drain the water, then hit start. While the times for each cycle varies according to the machine, the one in the video below took about 1 hour to finish, well, cooking.

When it’s ready, waterfall that shit.

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Look! Edible soup! The taste report: “potatoes are soft and fluffy to the core, and the pork ribs were soft with just the right amount of chewiness.”

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The downside to this “food hack” is that it’ll ruin your washing machine, clogging up vents with chunks of potato and bits of meat. In that case, you might wanna try the ol’ stove and fire method. For nostalgic reasons.

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I guess those rubber bands are there for a reason…

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H/T Sweet Hersey Living

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A Mango Peeling Hack That Actually Makes Sense [WATCH]

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Remember that guy who showed you the safest way to cut a mango using a marker, peeler and “mango handles”? We adore you Alton Brown, but this little trick may have you beat.

After slicing the two mango cheeks from the seed, take a the edge of one of the cheeks and press it against the lip of a sturdy glass. Then, simply slide down to separate the skin from the flesh. See the quick tutorial below.

Make sure to use a ripe, soft mango if you’re going to try this trick. It helps the glass slide through it with ease, otherwise you’re likely to hit up a few snags if you use a mango that isn’t ready yet.

Still, as hack-y as this method is, I still prefer cutting up a mango like a turtle shell and inverting it. Like this little beaut from Dolly and Oatmeal, for instance.

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Maybe, we should just leave perfection alone.

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12 Quick Secrets to Ordering Chipotle

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Story originally written by Anna Monette Roberts for PopSugar

Even if you frequent Chipotle Mexican Grill several times a week, chances are you don’t know the best deal on the menu, all the free stuff you can walk away with, and how to skip the line. Thanks to personal experience (we’ve eaten many a burrito/bowl/salad/taco) and consulting with several Chipotle managers, we now have all those answers.

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What’s Free

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Meat and guacamole will always cost you extra at Chipotle, but here’s what you might not know is free.

  • Honey chipotle vinaigrette
  • Lime wedges
  • Jalapeños
  • Extra beans and rice
  • Extra tortillas or taco shells
  • Extra salsas, cheese, sour cream . . . pretty much anything but meat and guac

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How to Score a Deal

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Yes, even at Chipotle there are ways to work the system to get the most food for your buck.

  • Order a bowl, not a burrito, to get bigger portions. Since the burrito has to be rolled up, the portions are a bit smaller. Instead, opt for the bowl and ask for a tortilla or taco shells on the side for no charge.
  • You’re allowed to mix proteins. You don’t have to decide between chicken and carnitas. Order half and half, at the same time, in the same burrito.
  • Chipotle values ingredients with points. Order an item with three or less “points,” and you are charged less. Tortillas and taco shells are zero points. Guacamole and meat count as two points. And everything else (rice, cheese, etc.) is one point.

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“Secret Menu” Items to Order

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  • Quesadilla/taco: Take a soft taco tortilla, cover it with cheese, fold it in half, melt it in the press, open it up, and make a taco.
  • Quesarito: Make a big, round quesadilla; fill it with meat and rice; and then roll it up like a burrito. Sure, Taco Bell’s famous for it, but Chipotle will make it for you too for the same cost as a standard burrito . . . Just hold the liquid-y ingredients like sour cream and hot sauce, which make it difficult to roll. Also, be patient, as it takes longer to assemble than a standard burrito.

Picthx Anna Monette Roberts

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How Stuff’s Made

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How to Order Smarter

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We’ve heard it from a Chipotle worker herself! These things can immediately influence your service.

  • Phone in your order or order online. If you’ve ordered ahead, you can skip the line and go straight to the cashier.
  • It’s all about attitude! Be kind to your fellow burrito maker, and they will probably be more willing to go the extra mile to ensure you’re getting the burrito of your dreams.
  • Feeling skimped? It happens. One full scoop is a Chipotle portion. However, if you feel like the burrito maker is giving you too little, politely ask for more.

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Lifehack: How to Defrost a Steak in 5 Minutes Without Electricity

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This trick is just too cool to pass up. At some point or another, we’ve all bought meat in bulk. You can’t possibly finish it all so you freeze it, but then when it comes time to eat it, you have a choice. Leave it out for a few hours on the countertop to defrost or heat it up in the microwave carefully hoping you don’t overcook and ruin it. What if there was a way where you don’t have to wait more than ten minutes or even use electricity to defrost that steak?

According to RocketNews24, this neat trick comes from CTi, a Taiwanese cable TV network, where they show us how to defrost a 1 cm-thick steak in just 5 minutes. All you need are two metal pots and water.

First, turn one pot upside down and place the steak on top.

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Next, fill the other pot with water just to give it some weight and place it on top of the steak, sandwiching the steak between them.

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After 5 minutes, your steak will be defrosted.

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A little hard to believe? Here’s the science behind how it works.

As we all know, metal is a great conductor for many things including heat. Metals like aluminum conduct ambient heat which is surprisingly sufficient to defrost a steak. Sandwiching it between two large metal surfaces, weighted by water, increases the surface area contacting the steak and the room temperature air, making the conduction more efficient.

CTi demonstrated this trick with a steak about a centimeter thick, defrosting it in 5 minutes, and according to the show, a 5 cm-thick steak would only take 10 minutes.

Check out the video below —  it’s all in Chinese with no subtitles, but you get the main point. You have to try this trick out next time you defrost a steak.

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How I peel my lemons

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How to Forever Change the Way You Cut Grapes in Half [Video]

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Using the same, ahem, method as the cherry tomatoes hack, Laura Mullins Goodhue revealed to the netizens the secret world of grape-cutting mastery. Goodhue posted the video below of her husband teaching her how to cut a load of grapes in half in mere seconds.

Like all semi-spectacular things, the fruit hack was shared via Facebook and has since garnered nearly 200,000 shares. For those with little ones or who simply enjoy snacking on decapitated grapes, this one’s for you.

Picthx Ana